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In an embarrassment for the central and state investigating agencies probing the Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare murder cases, the Bombay High Court Wednesday rapped the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Maharashtra Police over their “lackadaisical attitude” towards the investigations in these cases.
“How will a common man feel safe if this is how such sensitive cases are handled and investigated?” said a division bench headed by Justice S C Dharmadikari, after both agencies submitted a status report on the respective investigations. The court said, “This depicts least concern for human life. No reform will ever come in this manner. You are not serious about the investigation and we cannot wait endlessly for some progress.”
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Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, who filed the status report on the Dabholkar case, said that they were waiting for a response from the United Kingdom to a request for ballistic tests by Scotland Yard officials on the recovered weapons. A dissatisfied Dharmadikari sought a comprehensive status report on the investigations by the Joint Director of the CBI on December 16.
While hearing the Govind Pansare case, the court asked the SIT lawyer Mankhuwar Deshmukh if the entire team of investigators should be replaced to speed up the probe, following which it sought a detailed status report by the Additional Director General of Police (CID, Maharashtra) on December 16.
Both investigating agencies have been submitting periodic status reports to the court.
Virendra Tawde, an alleged western region commander of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, was arrested in connection with both the cases.
Besides, Sameer Gaikwad, an alleged member of radical outfit Sanatan Sanstha, was arrested in connection with the Pansare murder.
The Dabholkar case chargesheet also named two more Sanatan Sanstha members — Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar — as assailants in the case whose sketches, the CBI claims, it has uploaded on its website after the court, on the defence’s request, directed it Wednesday to make the sketches public.